Mike Conley signed a $153-million contract, the richest in the NBA, last summer and this playoffs, he is showing he’s worth every penny.
On Saturday night, Conley turned on a dazzling display before ecstatic home fans as the Grizzlies snatched a 110-108 win in overtime to level the first round series with their higher-ranked western conference rivals at 2-2.
Conley scored 35 points while also pulling in nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists.
The Grizzlies needed all of his inspirational effort to withstand the Spurs’ assault led by superstar Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard finished with even better figures — a game-high 43 points, eight rebounds, three assists and six steals.
Centre Marc Gasol clinched the victory for the Grizzlies, hitting the game winner with 0.7 seconds to go in the first period of extra time.
Starting point guard Tony Parker bagged 22 points for the Spurs. Australian Mills played his usual strong supporting role for the Spurs, coming off the bench to score six points and adding two rebounds, four assists and a steal in his 23 minutes on the court.
In Milwaukee, the Toronto Raptors downed the error-ridden Bucks 87-76 to even their NBA eastern conference series at two wins apiece.
DeMar DeRozan shook off his dismal game three performance to score 33 points for the Raptors. He missed all eight of his field goal attempts and scored eight points in Toronto’s 27-point loss in game three but scored 21 points in the first half on Sunday and made 12-of-22 shots.
“We were aggressive on both ends,” DeRozan said. “We got stops when we needed to, were aggressive when we needed to be and we kept it up for 48 minutes.”
“It won’t happen twice,” DeRozan said of going scoreless from the floor. “It will never happen twice.”
Kyle Lowry added 18 points while Serge Ibaka had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who shot only 41 per cent from the floor but kept the Bucks to just 37 per cent.